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October 28, 2014
Solar energy benefits homeowners, the job market, and the planet. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Lab
What Can Solar Do for You

Using solar energy at home can help you save money, protect the planet, increase property values, and create jobs.

October 17, 2014
Passive solar design uses carefully designed overhangs and reflective coatings on windows, exterior walls, and roofs to provide comfort during the cooling season. | Photo courtesy of Jason Flakes, U.S. Department of Energy
Using Passive Solar Design to Save Money and Energy

You can harness solar energy to heat and cool your home through passive solar design.

October 15, 2014
Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity for Integrated PV and Energy Storage Systems

As solar power plants proliferate, the variability and uncertainty of the solar resource poses challenges for integrating PV with electric power systems at both the distribution and bulk system levels. In response to these challenges, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has issued a notice of intent (NOI) to release the SunShot Sustainable and Holistic IntegratioN of Energy storage and Solar (SHINES) funding opportunity. SHINES will enable the holistic design, development, and widespread sustainable deployment of low-cost, flexible, and reliable energy storage solutions, and will strive to successfully integrate these solutions into PV power plants. SHINES projects can also focus on demand response and load management to achieve target metrics.

October 10, 2014
Installing a renewable energy system for you home, like these solar panels, doesn't mean breaking the bank. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Labratory
Fall into Savings with a Tax Credit-Eligible Energy System

Installing clean energy, like solar panels or a solar water heater, doesn't mean breaking the bank. Take advantage of tax credits now!

October 1, 2014
Solar panels are a great way to produce clean energy at home! | Photo courtesy of Stefano Paltera, U.S. Department of Energy.
Harnessing Solar Energy at Home

Get the basics on how solar energy is harnessed at home using Photovoltaic cells.

September 9, 2014
#WomenInSTEM: Making a Cleaner Future

Our latest #WomenInSTEM profile's career is like "a real-life videogame" -- while leaving a cleaner future for her son.

August 28, 2014
If you've completed energy efficiency improvements and you're still looking for ways to save energy at home, it might be time to explore renewable energy options. That's why this month our energy efficiency expert is answering your renewable energy questions. | Photo courtesy of Brothers Electric.
#AskEnergySaver: Renewable Energy

Answering your questions about renewable energy -- from leasing solar panels to solar water heaters.

August 25, 2014
Pictured here is one of the solar arrays that is providing New Bedford with clean, renewable energy to power its municipally owned buildings. This ground-mounted solar array is built on a brownfield site. | Photo courtesy of Con Edison Solutions.
New Bedford Builds Foundation for Energy-Centric Economic Development

How a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy is helping one Massachusetts city prosper.

August 6, 2014
Producing clean energy not only saves money in the long term, but also provides independence and the satisfaction of knowing your actions are helping the environment.|Photo courtesy of Jim Green, National Renewable Energy Lab.
Planning for Life On or Off the Grid: Part One

Taking the plunge into renewable energy at home is easier than ever. Check out our steps for picking the right renewable energy system for your home.